Zurich is world’s most expensive city: survey
Switzerland

Zurich is world’s most expensive city: survey

The strong Swiss franc has seen Zurich top Tokyo as the world's most expensive city in a new survey.

France to help Norway question Breivik’s father
Norway

France to help Norway question Breivik’s father

French prosecutors agreed on Wednesday to help Norway investigate extremist gunman Anders Behring Breivik's background by interviewing his France-based father.

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Norway

Woman fed gambling habit by conning old men

Stavanger district court has found a 25-year-old woman guilty of tricking elderly men into giving her millions of kroner, which she then used to bet on horses at a racetrack outside the city in south-western Norway.

Swiss aim to launch first space cleaner
Switzerland

Swiss aim to launch first space cleaner

Swiss scientists announced on Wednesday plans to develop a machine that acts almost like a vacuum cleaner to scoop up thousands of abandoned satellite and rocket parts, cleaning up outer space.

German ‘tourist’ leaves airport home for job offer
Sweden

German ‘tourist’ leaves airport home for job offer

The 27-year old German “tourist” who has been living rough in the Gothenburg Landvetter arrivals hall has left the airport after receiving an offer of a job and a place to live by a Stockholm firm.

Handelsbanken posts strong 2011 report
Sweden

Handelsbanken posts strong 2011 report

Sweden's second-biggest bank, Handelsbanken, posted much-improved earnings for the full-year 2011 largely thanks to a decline in credit losses, the company said on Wednesday.

Finding a home in France
France

Finding a home in France

You might have your eyes set on a château, a farm, or a ruin you dream of renovating. But whatever it is that has caught your attention, be aware that finding a home in France, whether it’s renting or buying, is a challenging experience. 

Zurich ranked world’s 7th best place to study
Switzerland

Zurich ranked world’s 7th best place to study

Zurich is the seventh best city in the world in which to study, according to a new table ranking university cities.

Swedish boss let pet poo in office: report
Sweden

Swedish boss let pet poo in office: report

A company environmental health representative has reported a transport company in Sweden after the manager’s pet dog was found treating the staff room as a toilet, outraging workers.

Air-traffic controllers to strike at Frankfurt Airport
Germany

Air-traffic controllers to strike at Frankfurt Airport

Air traffic controllers on Thursday will stage a strike at Frankfurt’s airport in an action likely to cause serious delays and cancellations, their union announced Wednesday.

Snow and ice spread across the country
Germany

Snow and ice spread across the country

A brief warm-up in northern parts of Germany will be followed by stormy, rainy and snowy weather. The southern and western parts of the country are already covered with the white stuff and should expect even more.

Police suspect double murder in Stockholm
Sweden

Police suspect double murder in Stockholm

Two people were found dead in an apartment in Tullinge, in south Stockholm, on Wednesday, in what police are considering to be a suspicious death.

High-speed test train derails in Norway
Norway

High-speed test train derails in Norway

Norwegian rail operator NSB has postponed the introduction of a new type of high-speed train after a crash on a test run left five people injured on Wednesday morning.

Stockholm ranked among world’s top student cities
Sweden

Stockholm ranked among world’s top student cities

Stockholm beat out Helsinki and Copenhagen, as well as several other university towns in northern Europe in a ranking of the “Best Student Cities in the World” published this week.

Scientists discover world’s tiniest chameleon
Germany

Scientists discover world’s tiniest chameleon

A group of German and American scientists have discovered what they believe is the smallest chameleon in the world on the island nation of Madagascar.

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Switzerland

Swiss canton to vote on assisted suicide

Council members agreed on Tuesday to back a proposal to legalize euthanasia in nursing homes across the canton of Vaud, as the emotive issue moved a step closer to a popular vote.

Germany warns of ‘bottomless pit’ in Greece
Germany

Germany warns of ‘bottomless pit’ in Greece

Germany's finance minister warned on Wednesday that Berlin was not prepared to pour money into what he termed a "bottomless pit" in Greece, after eurozone ministers put a new bailout for Athens on hold.

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Norway

OECD praises Norway over strong economy

Norway has weathered the economic crisis well thanks to its oil riches but must be careful to avoid a property bubble, the OECD said on Wednesday.

Swiss set to relax cannabis laws
Switzerland

Swiss set to relax cannabis laws

Swiss pot smokers are expecting a relaxation of the rules when parliament reviews the country's cannabis laws in March.

Rhineland faces road chaos after bridge fire
Germany

Rhineland faces road chaos after bridge fire

Huge traffic delays caused this week by a motorway pile-up in the Rhineland could continue for 18 months, after engineers said a fire damaged an autobahn bridge on the A57 so badly it will have to be torn down and rebuilt.

Japan club not the ‘right project’ for Ljungberg
Sweden

Japan club not the ‘right project’ for Ljungberg

Former Arsenal and Sweden midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg has left J-League Shimizu S-Pulse after less than six months in Japan, saying staying at the club was "not the right project" for him.

French MP: gays were never deported by Nazis
France

French MP: gays were never deported by Nazis

Comments made by a member of parliament in Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party have caused anger and prompted calls from fellow party members that he should be punished.

Meryl Streep wins Golden Bear for life work
Germany

Meryl Streep wins Golden Bear for life work

Two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep, continuing her sweep through awards season Tuesday evening by picking up a Golden Bear lifetime achievement prize at the Berlin film festival, confessed she might be overrated.

Justice ministry seeks to close marriage loophole
Switzerland

Justice ministry seeks to close marriage loophole

A Zurich court looks set to close a loophole in a new law that bars people without legal status from marrying Swiss nationals.

Police clear Stuttgart 21 protest camp
Germany

Police clear Stuttgart 21 protest camp

Police cleared 1,000 protesters from a park at the Stuttgart 21 construction site overnight, making way for further work on the controversial rail project. Protesters set up barricades and some even encased their arms in concrete.

‘Syria’s Assad should step down’: Bildt
Sweden

‘Syria’s Assad should step down’: Bildt

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt on Wednesday called for Syrian president Assad to step down when delivering the government's annual statement on foreign policy, which also prompted a heated debate about the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Swede fined for ‘sex tweeting’ to minister
Sweden

Swede fined for ‘sex tweeting’ to minister

A man in Stockholm has been charged with sexually harassing Sweden's minister for enterprise and Center Party head Annie Lööf, through the social networking site Twitter.

Mullah Krekar on trial over death threats
Norway

Mullah Krekar on trial over death threats

Norway-based Islamist Mullah Krekar pleaded not guilty on Wednesday on the first day of his trial on charges of promoting terrorism and making death threats, most notably against the leader of the Conservative Party.

President sends his first tweet
France

President sends his first tweet

On the day that President Sarkozy is widely expected to announce he will be standing for re-election, he also finally succumbed to tweeting with his first online message.

Paris best city for students: report
France

Paris best city for students: report

Paris has been named the best city for students in a new table that ranks cities around the world according to twelve different criteria.

German economy shrinks at end of 2011
Germany

German economy shrinks at end of 2011

The eurozone debt crisis brought the German economy, Europe's biggest, to a standstill at the end of last year, data showed Wednesday - but the pause in growth will prove only temporary, analysts said.

Swiss party files petition on immigration cap
Switzerland

Swiss party files petition on immigration cap

The far-right Swiss People's Party, the country's largest, on Tuesday filed a petition supporting a cap on immigration to Switzerland, where more than a fifth of the population is foreign.

5.4 million swine flu jabs saved six lives: report
Sweden

5.4 million swine flu jabs saved six lives: report

A total of six lives were saved by Sweden's massive swine flu vaccination programme, according to a new report, despite 60 percent of the Swedish population getting vaccinated.

Finding a home in France
France

Finding a home in France

You might have your eyes set on a château, a farm, or a ruin you dream of renovating. But whatever it is that has caught your attention, be aware that finding a home in France, whether it’s renting or buying, is a challenging experience. 

Canada wants military base in Germany
Germany

Canada wants military base in Germany

Canada plans to set up a military base in Germany under a deal that will allow the expanding Canadian military to increase its global reach.

Riksdag ‘burger bribe’ reported to police
Sweden

Riksdag ‘burger bribe’ reported to police

Swedish hamburger chain Max has been reported to police on suspicions of trying to bribe members of parliament by sending them a gift card along with an invitation to come eat at the popular fast food restaurant.

Champagne producer strikes gold
France

Champagne producer strikes gold

A French champagne producer literally hit gold when workers doing up an old building on his property brought down a shower of US coins hidden in the rafters.

Pupil dies after school stabbing
France

Pupil dies after school stabbing

A 17-year-old boy died on Tuesday after being stabbed by a fellow pupil in front of their school in the town of Bourges.

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France

Monsanto to appeal poisoning ruling

Agro giant Monsanto said on Tuesday that it would appeal a court ruling that found the US group legally responsible for the poisoning of a French farmer with one of its herbicides in 2004.

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Sweden

Knife-wielding 12-year-old attacks police officer

A 12-year-old boy attacked a police officer with a knife in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on Tuesday, sparking a brawl that sent two officers to hospital.

Stowaway found clinging to outside of train
Germany

Stowaway found clinging to outside of train

A ticket inspector on a train racing through the sub-zero German countryside at night was astounded to find a stowaway clinging to the outside of a carriage on the more than nine-hour journey from Berlin to Amsterdam.

Should the childless pay more tax?
Germany

Should the childless pay more tax?

A group of young German MPs have proposed that people who do not have children should pay extra tax to help pay for social services in the future. In the light of Germany’s low birth rate, should those not producing offspring pay more? Have your say.

Barca beat Leverkusen
Germany

Barca beat Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen look set for a speedy exit from the Champions League after going down 1-3 at home against title holders Barcelona on Tuesday night.